JAMES CARR, OBE

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

IT IS with re­gret that we re­port the death of James Carr, for­mer chair­man of the Salmon & Trout As­so­ci­a­tion (S&TA) and of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s North West Re­gional Fish­eries, Ecol­ogy and Recre­ation Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (RFERAC). He was also a Board mem­ber of the At­lantic Salmon Trust (AST), founder mem­ber of the Eden Rivers Trust (ERT) and owned fish­ing on both the Eden and the Spey. Among many other of­fi­cial po­si­tions, he was High Sher­iff of Cum­bria in 2010. James was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for ser­vices to con­ser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and the com­mu­nity, and was pre­sented with the award in March by S&TA (now S&TC)’S pa­tron, The Prince of Wales. James be­came S&TA’S chair­man in 2006 and over­saw the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s move to char­i­ta­ble status in 2008. He be­came one of its first trustees and con­tin­ued as chair­man un­til 2012, although he re­mained a trustee un­til his re­tire­ment in 2015. James’s chair­man­ships com­bined a busi­ness­man’s and ac­coun­tant’s fi­nan­cial knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with an un­usu­ally wide-rang­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ma­jor fish­eries is­sues at the time. Be­ing in­ti­mately in­volved with S&TA, AST, RFERAC and ERT gave him a deep in­sight into the fresh­wa­ter fish­eries world, and he was also an ar­dent ad­vo­cate of stop­ping the in­dis­crim­i­nate net­ting of salmon around the UK coast­line and the lethal im­pact that salmon farm­ing on the west coast of Scot­land was hav­ing on wild salmon and sea-trout. James was a great coun­try sports­man and loved his salmon fish­ing. His fi­nal day’s fish­ing was at the end of last sea­son on the Tweed where, on his very last cast, he landed an es­ti­mated 26 lb hen fish, which he duly re­turned. It was his fer­vent hope that the UK’S salmon pop­u­la­tion would one day thrive again as it had done when he was younger – a cause about which he was pas­sion­ate and spent so much of his time try­ing to achieve. A Ser­vice of Thanks­giv­ing for James’s life was held in Carlisle Cathe­dral on June 10, at which S&TC, AST and ERT were rep­re­sented, along with past mem­bers of RFERAC. He will be very sorely missed by those who worked with him in the fish­eries world, and mean­while our thoughts are with his wife, Jo­ce­lyn, and daugh­ters Oc­tavia and Leonora.

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